Middle Primary Staff
Year 5 Teacher
Sam Barker is from a small town in Yorkshire, Northern England. He has been teaching for five years; the first three were in a small town near the Lake District and the last two years were spent teaching in an International School in Thailand. He is a graduate of Northumbria University where he earned his first degree in Environmental Management before returning to university in 2013 to study Primary Teaching at Cumbria University.
Sam writes: "I love travelling and I am really excited to be here in Warsaw as I love this city and all the amazing opportunities it offers both in the city and in the surrounding countryside. I have always taken great pleasure facilitating learning and encouraging children to grow as individuals. I am committed to promoting independent, experiential learning experiences and developing the children's critical thinking skills. I love taking the learning outdoors and will endeavour to do this as often as possible."
Year 5 Teacher
I started my teaching journey in 2005 as a secondary humanities teacher. During my time in secondary education, I was a head of department and later progressed to a curriculum coordinator. Whilst undertaking this role, I completed my MA in Education. I transitioned into primary education in 2012 when undertaking my first international post in Qatar. During that time, I was a curriculum coordinator and Head of Year 4. It was wonderful to experience a new culture and live in the sunshine! Last year, I further explored my passion for technology by completing a PGCert in Learning Technology. During my spare time, I enjoy exploring new places and hope to travel to lots of places in Poland.
Year 6 Teacher / Middle Primary Phase Leader
Matthew has been teaching in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 since 2009. After obtaining his teaching degree, he spent four years teaching in a multicultural school in London. Whilst Matthew loved his school, he made the decision to teach internationally, and expand his knowledge of education further.
Matthew's first international placement was in Malaysia, and since then he has spent time in Beijing, China and in Sofia, Bulgaria. He led Stage 2 in Sofia for two years, as well as leading the primary in his final year there. Here at BSW, he has already worked across multiple year groups, and is currently the Middle Primary phase leader, a member of the Middle Leadership Team and a Year 6 class teacher.
Year 5 Teaching Assistant
A Certified Coach (ICC), trained Stress Management Coach and Mental Health Trainer, Pernilla joined BSW in the spring 2018 as a Teaching Assistant. With a degree in engineering and following a successful career as a civil servant in defence acquisition, serving both in several engineering, policy development and management positions in her native Sweden as well as promoting international cooperation at the heart of the EU in Brussels, she now combines this wealth of experience and training with her love for helping children realise their full potential. Married, with two daughters, during her free time she enjoys sports, crafts and music.